July 4, 2014

Historic Real Estate: Victorian Architecture Edition

  • By: Steven Piccione
Credit: The Marshall Walker Group
This 1919 farmhouse was renovated in 2007, and architect Beau Clowney made sure to preserve the 280-degree view of the Wadmalaw Sound. 

Victorian architecture became popular in the United States between 1860 and 1900 and refers to the building styles that arose in Britain and the rest of the Western world during the later years of Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1901). Victorian takes from the preceding Georgian architecture and fuses it with Middle East and Asian styles. The result is a beautiful combination of classic styles and international nuances -- with many lovely examples on Historic Properties for Sale.

Victorian Farmhouse -- Meggett, S.C. 

Price: $1,175,000

Built in 1919 and completely restored in 2007, the house is situated on more than an acre of land near an old pecan grove and overlooks the Wadmalaw Sound. The farmhouse even has deep water access. A huge perk. True to Victorian architecture, the farmhouse has an outdoor patio that wraps around the front of the building. Take a step inside and you're greeted with 14-foot ceilings. With three bedrooms and completely up-to-date amenities, you and your guests will most likely spend time outside, overlooking the property's oak trees, azaleas, magnolias, and crepe myrtles. Welcome to the beauty of the South.

Credit: West Virginia Commercial LLC
The mansion at Annamede was built in 1901 with brick and stone found on the original 1,200-acre farm property.

Annamede -- Walkersville, W.V.

Price: $800,000

Listed as "Neoclassical," Annamede is actually closer to Victorian. The Corinthian columns supporting the wrap-around porch are a beautiful entrance to this home that sits on 116 acres of rolling hills. All of the wood floors and finishes are native oak, cherry, and walnut, which may explain how Annamede has stood the test of time beautifully. There are five working natural gas chandeliers throughout the house, which is just another way to feel like you've gone back in time.

Credit: OldHouses.com
Don't be fooled by the classic Victorian exterior: The kitchen is decked out with Sub-Zero appliances and granite countertops.

Victorian Jewel in the Heartland -- Ottawa, Kan.

Price: $385,000

Built in 1887 by well-known architect George Washburn -- who designed more than 15 courthouses in Kansas -- this home sits on almost an acre of land in Ottawa, near Kansas City. The recently renovated house features a bright wrap-around porch, original stained glass windows and front door, four bedrooms, a working fireplace, and a brick-paved patio. If anything, Victorian architecture is very attentive to the aesthetics of both the interior and exterior of a building.

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